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How do I use MMS to save texts from phone to computer?

I am looking for a way to directly save my longer text messages (MMS) directly to my Gmail account.  I have found an App that does this for SMS messages with one touch of a button.
It is called SMS Backup and with it I simply enter my gmail name and press Backup Now, and it sends the smaller SMS text messages directly to an SMS folder located within my gmail Inbox.

I want the same thing with the longer MMS texts. To be able to do a one click Backup Now (in some App) for the MMS that will save it to my Gmail MMS  folder within my Gmail Inbox.

But I have been unable to get MMS to react the same way SMS behaves.

I would like to try the Handcent SMS App. It seems like it might be capable of doing what I want to do.  But I don't know how to use it like the way I describe.  Is someone familiar with how to get Handcent to recognize a text?

When I press the MMS+ button, it says 'No files have been uploaded.  Start uploading, now!'

Uploading what?, I ask.

Uploading New File.

Well, how do I select or name a new file? What I guess it wants me to do is select a file to upload.  I would therefore want to select my MMS text.  
I can find no way to do this or to rename it, nor do I know how to find and/or select it in my new file manager app.

I just downloaded an App called ASTRO File Manager/Browser that I can possibly use. Does anyone know how I can use it to do what I want to do with MMS texts?

Many MMS Apps want to save the MMS text to the SD card.  I don't necessarily want to do this.  I want it to go directly to my gmail Inbox.

So I am wondering if there is an alternate way of perhaps: selecting the text message (How?-I can't find out how to do this)...putting it into the ASTRO File Manager (perhaps having to rename it)...opening Handcent...selecting the newly named text (I think I can do this)...and somehow Send it to Gmail,  (not sure how to do this).

This is what I want to accomplish.  I hope someone can help.  Thanks.
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albeloCommented:
I've been using SMS Backup+ for a year now and it does SMS, MMS and Call Log backups automatically or one-time.  Have had to replace my phone twice and both times it restored my messages perfectly!
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
I tried SMS Backup + at first.  It did not want to work as good for me as simply SMS Backup. I also tried MMS Backup and Save MMS.  Both want to save the MMS to the SD card.  Then, what I get saved is gibberish-not text.  Stuff like % signs, the word INTEGER (all in paragraph like form as if to parody my original text)--I'm not sure what it is-some kind of script language maybe?  I don't get English text.  Some of it also has a .gba or was it .gbc extension?  I looked that up and it said Nintendo game boy extension.  I've never played a game in my life.  Why would be it saving my files as such?

No, I need help along the lines I mentioned, I'm afraid.  I want to resolve this as simply as possible but it seems to always get more and more complicated.  

Thanks and I await any  more replies.  I hope you all can help.
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
Hi.  I just came across some reading talking about Handcent may be hard to get anyone there to help you.

With that in mind, I would ask if anyone knows of any other App that saves MMS messages to email that I have not mentioned here.  Maybe some other App I don't know about will work for me.

Thanks.
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albeloCommented:
I was looking at Handcent MMS+ and this doesn't really do what it is you're looking for.  Honestly, SMS Backup+ is still what I would recommend.  I have all my texts (SMS and MMS) with Pictures saved to my Gmail every 5 minutes.  Currently over 17,000 messages and I can browse, delete, send,etc directly from Gmail.
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
OK.  I will redownload SMS Backup+ and try it again.

I may need your help over the rough spots.  I am curious to know how you got it to backup every 5 minutes.

But my first question is (before I even download the App): how do I select the MMS text in order to run it through SMS Backup+?

I have never found a way to select my texts in order to use any such text saving App.

Thanks.
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albeloCommented:
You don't select a particular text, it backs up all SMS/MMS texts.  I'll be glad to help as well.
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
I downloaded the SMS Backup + and ran it.  It backed up 11 items. 6 were call logs.  I deleted them.  The other 5 are unknown to me.
I have 2 texts that I am aware of that I am wanting to save to Gmail.

I don' know what the other 3 items are it is talking about.

Nor do I know where they were saved to.

The call logs came to Gmail.  The other 5 items did not.  If they did, I don't know where they are residing.

I hope these items are not being saved to my SD card.  If so, how do I delete them in order to save space?  In any case, how do I delete items on the SD card?

So that is where I stand with SMS Backup+.  As I said,  it is not easily working for me in the way I want it to by saving my texts directly to Gmail with the press of a button.  Maybe I need to alter some setting in order to get it to do what I want?  If so, what?

Thanks.
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albeloCommented:
Ok, go into SMS Backup+ and then Advanced Settings -> Backup Settings.  Make sure Backup SMS and Backup MMS are selected.  The Default Label it uses in Gmail is SMS.  That is where you should see the backups.  Also of note, depending on how many SMS and/or MMS you have along with attachments, it may take a bit longer to complete.

I can post some screen shots for you later if you need further help.
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
Yes they ares selected.  In fact, I deselected Call logs because I didn't want to save them.  But they are the only thing that went over to Gmail.

I looked under MMS and SMS in Gmail.  They are not there.

As for what you mean by taking longer, do you mean the download time for the sending of the text to Gmail?  I watched the cycle complete and it said 11 items successfully backed up.

I still don't understand.

I may need some screenshots later about other things we will discuss, but for now, I am following along with you.  I'm still lost in trying to understand what's going on.

Thanks.
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
Hey.  I haven't heard from you or anybody else about SMS Backup+ and my problems with it.

I don't know why it didn't forward to my Gmail.  If I don't hear anything from anyone else, I'm going to delete it and keep trying other things.

I did delete Handcent.  It was messing with my text receiving (wanting to impose itself and override the regular look of the incoming messages).

I await any replies.  Thanks.
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albeloCommented:
My apologies, My Atrix died two days ago and I'm waiting for my replacement to arrive.  As soon as it does, I'll post the Screenshots.  May I ask, what Android Version is your phone running?  Are you using any other Text Message apps like GoSMS or Handcent to handle you Text Messages?
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Maverick2010Author Commented:
Sorry to hear of your trouble.  I hope you get it resolved.

I am using Android Version 2.3.6.

I may have solved the problem.  i went to Verizon and asked a salesperson if they knew how to do what I wanted done and they simply Forwarded the text to myself (my Gmail) and it took.

I had tried that before and all I got was gibberish ( when I tried to open the text that I sent to Gmail).  But this time, it was English and readable.

I don't understand what they did different than what I did.

i will await your reply.  But I'll probably go with that method if it works for me going forward since I never could get the Apps to work.  I have deleted all MMS saving Apps presently.

Thanks.
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